Diamonds in the Desert: A Baseball Blog from Tucson

Wild 100th!
July 20, 2013, 14:35
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In their 100th game of the season, our Tucson Padres maintained their 1 ½ game lead in the Southern Division by beating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in an extra-inning thriller last night at Kino Stadium.  When the Sox blasted out three runs on starter, Anthony Bass, to kick off the first inning I had deep fears that we’d be blown out…BUT Tucson responded with three runs of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the first to allay my worries!  The Pad’s first run of the game came in on a bases-loaded walk to Cody Decker which brought home Jaff Decker (who had led off the frame with a single).  The next two runs came in on a COS error – unearned, but they still count on the scoreboard!  After the crazy first, I thought, “Okay, a slugfest then.”  But “No” on that, too.  The game settled right down until Tucson took a two-run lead with Scott Moore’s first homer as a Tucson Padre (he’s hit others out of Kino Stadium…but that was for the River Cats) – a two-run dinger which also scored Dean Anna (who must’ve been relieved to lead off the inning with a double after having a dry spell which began in the All-Star game).  The Sox crept marginally closer with a run in the fifth – it was unearned, but still counted.  Bass turned the game over to the bull pen for the sixth and first out was Jorge Reyes.  Jorge is either really good or really NOT this season.  Last night wasn’t one of his “on” nights.  He allowed a solo homer to tie the game…and a go-ahead run as well.  A timely double-play ball got him out of the inning with no more damage done, but the Sox suddenly had a one-run lead.  Brad Brach was next on the hill and he allowed a Sky Sox run in the seventh.  Pads now down by two!  COS finally sent a reliever out to replace starter Chris Volstad…but that reliever as Jeff Francis.  Oh, I know…he’s no longer the pitcher he was years ago, but his very name still inspires a fear in me.  I thought my fears confirmed when Francis held us off the score board in the seventh…but the Pads got two consecutive singles to lead off the eighth and that was the end of Francis’ outing.  Both those runners would eventually score against the new hurler, Coty Woods.  Scott came in on a wild pitch…Brandon Allen on an RBI single by Gregorio Petit.  Game tied again!  Tucson sent Miles Mikolas in for the ninth, even though it wasn’t a save situation.  Miles allowed a walk, but a double play ball ended any chance the Sox might score!  So, bottom of the ninth…Tucson facing another COS reliever, Steven Hensley.  Hensley gets Jaff to fly out, but then allowed Dean and Scott base hits!  They decided to load the bases, so they intentionally walked Allen.  Sacks full of Padres and only one out!  Surely we’d walk off right here!  Nope.  Left ‘em all stranded as Hensley got two quick pop outs.  Drat!  On to extras!  Miles sets the Sox down one-two-three!  Yay, Miles!  Bottom ten…Petit leads off with a single!  Chris Robinson sends him to second with a sac bunt.  Eddy Rodriguez comes in to pinch hit…and strikes out.  Two down.  One on second.  Sox Manager, Glenallen Hill walks to the mound and inexplicably, given who was coming up to bat, simply talks strategy instead of replacing the hurler.  With Jaff coming up – a guy who has such difficulty with left-hand pitchers that he rarely starts when they’re scheduled – you’d think Hill would go to his lefty warming in the pen.  But he leaves his righty out there – and they pay the price.  Jaff dishes out a game-winning RBI single from Hensley’s offering and Tucson celebrates a walk off win!  Wins are important no matter what, but since both Vegas and Sacramento had already won their games for the day, it was crucial Tucson win to hold onto their 1 ½ game lead in the standings.  Whew!  Close one.  Two more at home vs. COS – let’s take both, Pads!  Final Score: Tucson 8; Colorado Springs 7, 10 Innings.

Transactions.  I don’t see anything new to report today.

T-Pads Home – Two More Days of Fun!   The Tucson Padres continue this series versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Rockies) at Kino Stadium tonight.  Both games tonight and tomorrow begin at 7:05pm – and there are lots of fun events planned for you to enjoy.  Tonight is Christmas in July!  Santa Claus will be at Kino Stadium!  And there’ll be Christmas music and decorations, candy canes for the kids, and a whole lot of presents!  The first 2,500 fans will draw for a Padres or Sidewinders T-shirt, softee ball, Trevor Hoffman Bobblehead, Daniel Robertson Poster and more!  All fans will be able to purchase $5 Box Seats (half price) if they bring an unwrapped toy to donate. The toys will be given to a local organization to be determined.  Stick around after the game for a special post-game concert featuring Arizona’s Sassiest Songstress: LeeAnne Savage!  LeeAnne recently swept the Tucson Area Music Awards, winning Songwriter of the Year, CD of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Country Band of the Year and Female Singer of the Year awards. Tomorrow night will be Military Appreciation and Bark in the Park Night.  All military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) and a guest will be admitted for free with Military I.D., simply present a military ID card at the Padres Box Office. Dogs will also be admitted free with their owners with the first 100 dogs receiving a free Frisbee! Good times at the ballpark – AND a chance to see your #1 Tucson Padres in action!  You can’t miss!

(Disclaimer – This posting has not been reviewed or approved by Pima County, the City of Tucson, the Tucson Padres, Tucson AAA Baseball, San Diego Padres, PCL, MiLB, MLB, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority, or any other baseball official and represents the views and biases of the author alone)


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